I was raised on my family’s cattle farm in northwestern Pennsylvania and was incredibly lucky to have a grandfather that supported all my animal interests. While it would have taken a lot of convincing to get my parents to bring home all animals I wanted, I had an easy out because Grandpa pretty much always said yes! I had a cat, a dog, two rabbits and a cow but then in first grade, I got my first horse. From that point forward, I was the typical horse crazed girl. If I was not outside with the horses, I was reading equine related magazines, books and attending 4-H club because I wanted to know literally everything regarding their care and how to keep them healthy.
Over time my passion for all animals only grew. It was not long before I was majoring in animal sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. After graduation, I spent three years in the small animal, large animal and veterinary research fields. It was these experiences that expanded upon my scientific and veterinary medical knowledge, solidifying my desire to become a veterinarian.
During my time at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, I focused on companion animal studies (canine, feline, equine) and developed interests in surgery, internal medicine and ophthalmology. I graduated as a member of the veterinary honors society, Phi Zeta, for graduating in the top 20% of my class.
Aside from my veterinary interests, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Gregory, our three cats (Coal, Chloe and Cyra) and our horse (Teddy). I also love being outdoors and can often be found riding gravel/mountain bikes or downhill skiing.